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What does house number "Bk" mean? (19th century UK rate books)

Bk will be an abbreviation of "Back" likely meaning that it's the rear part of a back-to-back house. In some areas (particularly Birmingham) such houses were commonly built around courtyards ...
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Why is my great grandmother from England's birth registration later than the 42 days given to register?

Although past the statutory 42 days that a birth was supposed to be registered by, they were still well within the time allowed to register free of charge. There was no fine for being late to ...
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What does house number "Bk" mean? (19th century UK rate books)

Some resources to go along with the previous answer: Twitter Moment: Rate Books in House History from #HouseHistoryHour. Look for contemporary maps at the National Library of Scotland's website. ...
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Royal Navy WW2 service records

Several years ago, at a FH show, I talked to a member of the MoD Medals office and he admitted that they had terrible problems with some parts of the services not recording the issue of campaign ...
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Lady of the house?

If it's the schedule that I think it is, then the relationship to the Head of House is "Lodger & Boarder" - though I'm not sure of the ampersand in the middle. The schedule is on Piece ...
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Lady of the house?

I don’t see why the term could not be used. Possibly it was tongue in cheek. I found a census return where the householder's 15 year old daughter’s occupation was given as: “Does as she pleases.” I am ...
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House History for demolished property

The local electoral registers should show who was living there over the years. The relevant local council for Hemsworth should be able to advise where old registers are stored. (They may not be on-...
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Royal Navy WW2 service records

"How accurate are the MOD records?" is a question worth asking, but it may not be the question you want to ask first. It helps to be able to look at records in their historical context, by ...
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